James Oesi

Residing in the Netherlands, South African double bassist James Oesi is one of few forging a solo career with his instrument. As soloist he appears regularly on the most important stages and festivals of the Netherlands and as a chamber musician has played with ensembles such as Asko|Schönberg and Ensemble Modern. James is founder of the Dutch Double Bass Festival which had it’s first edition in 2017 with among others, John Pattituci, Adam Ben Ezra, Edicson Ruiz and Gary Karr. In May 2012 James graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague achieving full marks with distinction and the the Fock Medaille for best exam of the year. In 2005, aged sixteen, James travelled from Johannesburg to Moscow to pursue studies at the acclaimed Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under Lev Rakov. James was at the time the youngest student at the conservatoire and the only foreign double bassist.